Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Cairngorms National Park and Monadhliath. Also includes the Ben Alder area hills between Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan.

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Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Friday 30th October 2020
Last updated Friday 30th October 2020 at 8:07 AM

Summary for all mountain areas

A weak ridge of high pressure will bring a spell of relatively benign conditions to S Scotland and into England and Wales. However, showers will affect NW Scotland and there is uncertainty in the extent that strong winds, rain and low cloud clear from the NW across Wales.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales or near gales easing slowly. Rain soon easing to isolated showers.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 35 to 40mph. Will tend to ease a little though the day.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking arduous and wind chill significant on higher areas.

How Wet?

A few showers

Overnight rain clearing at or soon after dawn. Through the day, scattered showers, mainly west of A9, hail or above 800m snow - only flurries Cairngorms NP.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Cloud base will vary, generally lowest Ben Alder and southern Cairngorms NP, where typically 600m near precipitation and otherwise 900m. Elsewhere, cloud rare below 700m, and most cloud above 1100m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% west of A9 to 70% summits accessible from Deeside

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sunshine, particularly lower slopes Cairngorms and Deeside. Varying visibility; sometimes very good, but abruptly poor in precipitation.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2C

Freezing Level

1100m

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Saturday 31st October 2020
Last updated Friday 30th October 2020 at 8:07 AM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Low confidence in this forecast: Southerly 50 to 70mph morning and 30 to 45mph afternoon.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking, or any mobility, may be very difficult on higher areas, and wind chill severe. Sudden powerful gusts even lower slopes.

How Wet?

Widespread rain

Deteriorating, perhaps soon after dawn, as widespread rain, preceded over a couple of hour by snow above 800m, spreads northwards. Likely to improve to showers again in the afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Generally extensive

There may be breaks to 1100m temporarily. In rain cloud will form extensively at 500m from Ben Alder east to summits north of Glen Garry and 700 to 900m further north.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little or no sunshine. Visibility be be excellent temporarily, but in rain will become poor.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2C rising to 6C

Freezing Level

Above the summits for several hours but 1000 to 1200m post dawn and again by dusk.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Sunday 1st November 2020
Last updated Friday 30th October 2020 at 8:07 AM

How windy? (On the Munros)

South veering southwesterly 45 to 65mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mobility difficult for periods and wind chill severe where exposed on higher areas.

How Wet?

Frequent rain

Intermittently dry, but overall, rain on and off. Most rain west of A9 and summits accessible north of Glen Garry, where very wet underfoot, burns and rivers in spate.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

A few breaks to higher tops, but overall the Munros cloud covered. Typical cloud base 500-700m west of A9 and summits accessible north of Glen Garry, rising to 750-1050m N Cairngorms and Deeside.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare patches of sun, most likely lower slopes Cairngorms NP. intermittently misty and at times very poor visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2C

Freezing Level

Intermittently above the summits, but at first and again later in the day, 1050m.

Planning Outlook

A series of deep Atlantic lows and their associated bands of rain and severe gale or storm force upland winds will affect Britain until early next week. It will then turn much drier, although some uncertainty as weak fronts may still affect northwest Scotland.